Support Groups, Events and Trainings

Avita Community Partners

  • Psychoeducational Classes and Counseling
  • Rehabilitation and Community Support
  • Employment Support

For more information on these services, contact Avita Community Partners at 1-800-525-8751.

 

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) - Johns Creek Chapter

Group meetings are held every Tuesday evening from 7-9pm AND every Thursday afternoon from 2-4pm at Johns Creek United Methodist Church.  NOTE: All Meetings Currently on Zoom.  For more information contact DBSA at 404.695.9110.

 

Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network (GMHCN)

  • Double Trouble in Recovery - Double Trouble in Recovery is a 12-step fellowship of people who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problems and help others to recover from their particular substance use and behavioral health challenges.  For more information click here.
  • Online Recovery and Wellness Resources - click here to view ALL other online wellness activities available this month

 

NAMI FDL

  • Family Support Group - "In-Person"
    Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the Month, 6:45pm ET

    Location: United Way of Forsyth County (240 Elm Street, Cumming, GA  30040)

 

**Training and Technical Assistance Related to COVID-19**

SAMHSA is committed to providing regular training and technical assistance (TTA) on matters related to the mental and substance use disorder field as they deal with COVID-19.

Their TA programs are delivering great resources during this time. Click here to view the updated available TTA resources to assist with the current situation.

Upcoming Events/Meetings/Webinars:

  • NAMICon 2021
    July 27-28, 2021

    Register Today!

    The culmination of events over the past year has demonstrated, more than ever, that there is no health without mental health. Finding solutions to our nation’s mental health epidemic will require all of us uniting to help our communities heal and thrive.

    And the time to unite is NOW. It’s time to ignite powerful conversations and time to connect at NAMICon, the annual national convention for NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

    • An incredible value* — NAMICon is only $10 for students and peers, $15 for NAMI members and $25 for non-members.
    • A convenient, online experience — Your internet connection gives you access to our event no matter where you are.
    • Plenary Speaker Joshua A. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D. — The Director of the National Institute of Mental Health returns to NAMICon to share an overview of the current challenges and opportunities in mental health.
    • Programming built around five tracks — Timely and informative content focused on research, youth and young adults, mental health conditions, community support systems, and addressing mental health disparities.
    • The largest community gathering of mental health advocates in the U.S. — Help bring greater awareness and solutions for people living with mental health conditions.
  • SAMHSA's GAINS Center: 
    • Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) in Drug Courts
      Tuesday, June 29, 2021, 2:00-4:00pm ET

      This webinar will introduce the medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) toolkit, which was developed with funding from the Office of National Drug Control Policy and was recently released by NADCP.  Register Today

Monthly Events/Meetings/Webinars:

  • DBHDD 2x2 Series: Daily Self-Care Tips and Support for Managing Life:  These WebEx events are designed to provide self-care tips and support for managing life during these unprecedented times.  The 2x2 Series is held live twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and each session provides attendees with mental health tips about managing stress, grief, work/life balance, and wellness.  Click here for meeting dates this month.
  • Forsyth County Drug Awareness Council Meetings:  Generally these meetings take place the 1st Wednesday of every month.  For more information please contact Tammy Nicholson at 770.887.1710
  • Forsyth County Mental Health & Wellness Coalition Meetings:  Generally these meetings take place the 3rd Wednesday of each month.  For more information please contact Cindy Henderson at 770.781.2101.

Previous Events/Meetings/Webinars:

  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
    Click here to access NIMH Event Summaries from 2020
     
    • NIMH-Funded Researcher Dr. Barbara Rothbaum Discusses Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
      Thursday, June 17, 2021

      Watch the recording: https://youtu.be/wIcWIbM4hLE
       
    • NIMH Livestream Event:  Bipolar Disorder in Adolescents and Young Adults with NIMH Expert Dr. Mary Rooney
      Wednesday, March 31, 2021

      In recognition of World Bipolar Day, NIMH hosted a livestream event on bipolar disorder in adolescents and young adults on March 30, 2021. Clinical psychologist and chief of the Child and Adolescent Psychosocial Interventions Research Program at NIMH, Mary Rooney, Ph.D., discussed bipolar disorder in adolescents and young adults. Also, Dr. Rooney discussed some of the challenges that the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has presented for individuals living with bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses.  Watch the recording: https://youtu.be/NcklnY4Knjk
       
    • NIMH-Experts Discuss Borderline Personality Disorder
      Thursday, May 27, 2021

      Watch the recording: https://youtu.be/qhD9TfYRXs4
       
    • NIMH Livestream Event: Let's Talk About Eating Disorders with NIMH Grantee Dr. Cynthia Bulik
      Thursday, February 25, 2021

      Last week, NIMH hosted a livestream event on eating disorders with NIMH grantee Cynthia Bulik, Ph.D., professor at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine and Founding Director of the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders. Dr. Bulik discussed signs, symptoms, treatments, and the latest research on eating disorders. She also discussed some of the challenges that the COVID19 outbreak has presented for individuals living with eating disorders and other mental illnesses. Watch the recording: https://youtu.be/rfazgzwzDjw
       
  • SAMHSA's GAINS Center
    Click here to access GAINS webinars.

If you have any mental health trainings you would like to include, please let us know by clicking here.

 

**Training and Technical Assistance Related to COVID-19**

SAMHSA is committed to providing regular training and technical assistance (TTA) on matters related to the mental and substance use disorder field as they deal with COVID-19.

Their TA programs are delivering great resources during this time. Click here to view the updated available TTA resources to assist with the current situation.

 

Georgia Commission on Family Violence

  • Suicide and Domestic Violence:  "What You Need to Know" - Please join us for a virtual Suicide Prevention Training hosted in partnership with the Georgia Commission on Family Violence (GCFV) and DBHDD. "Suicide and Domestic Violence: What You Need to Know" will explore the strong connection between suicide and domestic violence homicide risk. Training participants will be given an overview of warning signs of domestic violence as well as information for how to tell if the situation is escalating. Basic safety planning tools will be provided. Participants will also learn where to refer someone who is experiencing domestic violence and ways to become more engaged in community efforts to address domestic violence.  REGISTER TODAY!

    Training Dates:

    • May 19, 2021  (2:00 PM - 3:30 PM)
    • June 2, 2021 (10:00 AM-11:30 AM)
    • June 9, 2021 (2:00 PM - 3:30 PM)
    • July 7, 2021 (10:00 AM-11:30 AM)
    • July 21, 2021 (2:00 PM - 3:30 PM)
    • August 4, 2021 (10:00 AM-11:30 AM)
    • August 18, 2021 (2:00 PM - 3:30 PM)

 

Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network (GMHCN)

  • Respect Institute of Georgia - The RESPECT Institute of Georgia (RI), created by mental health advocate Joel Slack, supports participants in developing the skills necessary to transform their experiences of mental health and substance use challenges, and cross disabilities, into educational and inspirational presentations. The RESPECT Institute of Georgia supports participants in organizing, constructing and customizing their personal stories of recovery and independent living so they can share their stories in diverse venues such as management meetings, legislative meetings, employee orientations, university classrooms, civic meetings, and continuing education programs.
  • Ready4Reentry Forensic Peer Mentor Training Program - The Ready 4 Re-Entry training is creating opportunities for those involved with the criminal justice system to use their lived experience to support others with behavioral health concerns to live full, rewarding, and productive lives.
  • Wellness Recovery Action Plan - The Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network is pleased to provide basic Wellness Recovery Action Plan® workshops to groups across the state. These workshops are provided at no cost to participants or hosting facilities. The workshop is an introduction to a personalized wellness and recovery plan which helps people to:
    • ​Decrease and prevent intrusive or troubling feelings and behaviors
    • Increase personal empowerment
    • Improve quality of life
    • Address the need for support during crisis
    • Achieve life goals and personal ambitions
  • Georgia Peer Support Institute - The Georgia Peer Support Institute (GPSI) is a three-day immersion in peer support designed to:
    • Teach the principles of recovery from behavioral health challenges
    • Teach characteristics of peer-directed, peer-run, and recovery-oriented behavioral health services; and
    • Teach skills to take an active role in one’s own recovery, and the creation of a meaningful life
  • Mental Health First Aid - The Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network is pleased to provide Mental Health First Aid Trainings to groups across the state. The training teaches:
    • Risk factors and warning signs of behavioral health problems.
    • Information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, and substance use disorders.
    • A 5-step action plan to help someone developing a behavioral health problem or in crisis.
    • Where to turn for help — professional, peer, and self-help resources.
  • Whole Health Action Management -  The primary goal of Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) training is to teach skills to support peers to better self-manage chronic physical health conditions and behavioral health challenges to achieve whole health.  There are two major components to the WHAM training. The first component uses a person-centered planning process with 10 health and resiliency factors to assist a person with creating a concise whole health goal to begin the self-management process. The second component of the training focuses on developing mind-body resiliency to promote self-management skills.

 

NAMI Georgia 2021 Training Dates

  • NAMI Family to Family Teacher Training
    2021: September 18-19

  • NAMI Connection Recover Support Group Facilitator Training
    2021: August 7-8

  • NAMI Ending the Silence Presenter Training
    2021: May 22
    2021: November 6

  • NAMI In Our Own Voice Presenter Training
    2021: June 5
    2021: August 14
    2021: November 6

  • NAMI Peer to Peer Mentor Training
    2021: September 18-19

All applications can be found here

Questions? Email programs@namiga.org

 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

  • Practitioner Training - SAMHSA's practitioner training offers tools, training, and technical assistance to practitioners in the fields of mental heath and substance use disorders.  Click here for more information